Something fascinating happened during the most recent rewrite of the Obamacare repair bill: Its authors tried to define who is middle class enough to be deserving of a big tax handout.
When a draft of the bill leaked late last month, it looked as though everyone who didn’t get health insurance from an employer or government program would get a tax credit to help buy coverage. But the bill that Republican leadership introduced this week now limits full credits to single people with $75,000 of income and under or married folks who make $150,000 or less. The credits phase out from there at higher income levels. House Republicans referred to those potential recipients with their six figures in earnings as “middle income.”